Home Renovations; Kitchen and Bathroom

Legacy Custom Remodeling RI

As many of you already know from following me on social media at #LegacyRemodelRI, we are in the process of getting our kitchen and bathroom remodeled. We were almost at the point a few months ago where we were playing our own Love It or List It game (one of my favorite HGTV shows), as we were looking around at houses to buy in our area that had upgrades and more space, and also coming up with ideas to renovate our own house with Legacy Custom Remodeling. We did eventually find a house that we really loved, but unfortunately it was a little above our price range and we would have to sell our house at a decent price first. We knew selling could be tough, because we don’t even have a pantry, garbage disposal, or dishwasher in our house. We decided at this point in our lives that it was better to choose “Love It!” 

We originally wanted to add some square footage and open up the ceiling height; however, the loan for that did not go through. We had to decide to either do the kitchen, bathroom, or both for now, but no extra rooms/square footage at this point. We may decide to build a second story at some point, which is apparently the only way we can get the loan to go through. As for now, we have decided to do BOTH the kitchen and bathroom. The kitchen and bathroom are both original (1964) and in need of some serious work. The bathroom has been leaking for months. Remodeling will at least get us to the point where the house will be sellable, or maybe we will just decide to stay in it and eventually add more space in a couple years.

Before Pics Renovation

Before Pictures from the Kitchen and Bathroom (Circa 1964)

Construction started last Friday, and starting Tuesday of this week we all moved to the basement. Yes, the entire family camping out in the basement for a couple weeks. It is doable. The team from Legacy Custom Remodeling has been working fast, and in just a couple of days the demo was complete! They have even started the plastering and lighting in the kitchen. It’s amazing how quick they work, their attention to detail, and working with the project managers has been great. They really work with you to help create the vision you have in mind. I am very excited to see it all come together. 

Renovation Demo and Progress

Renovation Demo and Progress So Far…..

Make sure to keep checking Mama Luvs Books for renovation updates! You can also follow me on my social media channels using the hashtag #LegacyRemodelRI (Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter) for daily updates. And if you live in the New England area and want to get an estimate for work on your house, just contact Eric at eric@legacycustomremodeling.net and tell him Kristin from Mama Luvs Books sent you! You can find Eric on Twitter and Facebook as well. And if you’re ready for a sneak peek at the cabinets and granite I chose……..just look below! What do you think?

White Cabinets with Giallo Napoleon Granite

White Cabinets with Giallo Napoleon Granite



  1. Good luck, I wish we could do ours too but we just don’t have it in the budget right now. Can’t wait to see what it turns out like!

  2. Home renovations are stressful but exciting! In our last house we did the bathroom and kitchen as well. I can’t wait to see your updates. I love the new granite and cabinets already!

  3. Oh wow! I can’t wait for the after pictures and love the granite!

  4. It looks like a really big job, but still a clean job. I like the before kitchen, so I can’t imagine what the after kitchen is gonna look like. I like being inspired by your renovations!

  5. Looks just like our kitchen and bathroom. 1963 ranch here in NC. I am originally from Swansea, MA. Not too far from you :)

  6. May things go smoothly and speedily!
    We did a little work a few years ago. What I thought would take a weekend took two months. Ugh.

  7. wow! Good luck!! I actually love that bathroom so I can’t wait to see what you do!!

  8. This is such a fun time – not! Especially since you’ve not been feeling well. Bet your kids are enjoying eating out. Can’t wait to see the grand reveal! (Love the countertops!)

  9. I must say it’s been a pleasure working for the Wheelers! Looking forward to seeing your job complete. We can’t wait for the first breakfast cooked in your new kitchen, bacon and eggs sounds good!

  10. I LOVE the marble top you picked out, I can no wait to see the end results. I was to redo my kitchen as well, my dad is a carpenter and I have already enlisted him to help me with it. That looks like a huge job thought, maybe I need more help. lol

  11. Haha- this looks like our basement! It has been renovating since August 3. It is going to look gorgeous! I can’t wait to see the final result!

  12. Good luck! I can’t wait to see the results

  13. Can’t wait to see the results! Remodeling is great when it is done, but hard to live through

  14. What a large job to undertake. I cannot wait to see what it looks like, best of luck!

  15. Oh wow! Look at all that demo! Can’t wait to see the final product :) Good luck!

  16. I can’t wait to see the results. I dream of gutting our kitchen and completely redoing it.

  17. I honestly fear another home remodeling project. The last one seemed to to take forever

  18. Good luck!! Can’t wait to see the results! Stay sane!

  19. Gorgeous! Love the granite and clean crisp white cabinets. Can’t wait to see it finished!

  20. Good luck! How exciting to think of the new space though!

  21. I’ve been super stalking you on fb. Soooooo excited to see the outcome!

  22. LOVE what you have chosen!! It could be much, much worse. Our 1947 bathroom had PLASTIC pink/peach tiles. Yes. During the day they looked peach but at night they looked pink. Hideous does not begin to describe it. My kitchen is in need of updating but it’ so tiny I don’t even know where to begin.

  23. What a big project, but also a rewarding one! We’ve been talking about doing our kitchen over for years and this just makes me want to rip it all out! Can’t wait to see it finished!

  24. WOW! You guys have a lot going on. We really need to do some renovations in our house.

  25. How exciting!! Can’t wait to see the finished result! :)

  26. Cannot wait to see what the final result is!

  27. Wow, what a great idea to open your kitchen. We did it when we first purchased our house and I couldn’t be happier. Love your choices, as well!

  28. It must be overwhelming and exciting at the same time seeing all that demo in your home. I look forward to seeing the finished rooms!

  29. The granite you chose is gorgeous! Also, you do have what appears to be recessed lighting and stainless steel appliances going for you! I can’t wait to see how the remodel goes!

  30. we have a 1946 original kitchen. i feel your pain. our “cabinets” are piece meal. i hate them.
    will be watching for updates- we’re just over in ct

  31. I’ve been there! It’s so hard to go through. Dust, dirt, time…time…time…but it will look amazing when it’s done!

  32. Wow, you completely gutted the place!! I cannot wait to see what it looks like!! Love the granite — so pretty.

  33. Kudos, Wonderful stuff.

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